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FOX WINS ON SPEED

May 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox’s coverage of NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway topped the ratings Sunday night as the auto race averaged 6.2 million viewers. On a night of comparatively light viewing, the NASCAR race, won by Kurt Busch, came out ahead in every half hour from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. among the overall audience […]

NHL ICES RATINGS V ICTORY

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You’d hardly call a sports telecast that draws just 4.34 million viewers a big hit — unless it’s the coverage of hockey’s Stanley Cup, when an audience of that size is a big deal. In fact, Saturday’s coverage of the Blackhawks/Flyers first game on NBC produced the best ratings for a Stanley Cup Game 1 […]

KEVIN EUBANKS LEAVES LENO; SO DOES BAND

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Jay Leno gave the Tonight show bandleader Kevin Eubanks a full-fledged send-off Friday night, complete with a clip reel and a warm tribute. Eubanks, who had been a member of the Tonight show’s band since 1992 and its leader since 1995, had said in April that he planned to depart in order to pursue other […]

BULL FLEES LION, LEAVING “HOBBIT” HOBBLED

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The long-drawn-out efforts to sell MGM, which owns the rights to The Hobbit, have resulted in the decision by Guillermo del Toro to pull out of directing the planned two-part movie based on the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings prequel. “In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming […]

“KILLERS” WON’T BE SCREENED FOR CRITICS

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Lionsgate, which ordinarily does not screen its Saw horror flicks and Tyler Perry movies in advance for critics, has no intention of doing so for next weekend’s comedy thriller Killers, featuring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. “In today’s socially connected marketplace, we all have the ability to share feedback […]

“SHREK” TRIUMPHS OVER “SEX”

May 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Shrek Forever After held on to its box-office crown for the second week in a row, dropping a modest 40 percent to an estimated $43.3 million and beating the favored-to-win Sex and the City 2, which placed second with 37.7 million. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, meanwhile, opened with about $30.1 million for […]

“EASY RIDER” CREATOR, STAR DENNIS HOPPER DEAD AT 74

May 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Dennis Hopper, who appeared in more than 200 movies and television dramas during his career but is remembered best for his role in the ’60s’ counterculture film Easy Rider, died in the Venice area of Los Angeles Saturday at the age of 74 from prostate cancer. A contemporary of James Dean (the two studied acting […]

“DIFF’RENT STROKES” STAR GARY COLEMAN DIES AT 42

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Gary Coleman, the centerpiece of the long-running 70s/80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died in a Provo, Utah hospital from an intracranial hemorrhage he suffered from a fall early this week. Coleman played 8-year-old Arnold Jackson in the hit series produced by Norman Lear, which debuted in 1978 and ran until 1986. His recurrent line, “Whachoo […]

WHERE DID THE TV AUDIENCE GO?

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Ratings trackers were puzzling over figures for this year’s season finales — which not only were well below those for previous years but below several regular season episodes as well. “It seems to be an anticlimactic TV season,” industry publication MediaPost said on its website Thursday, a day after the 2009-2010 season officially closed. Even […]

SUMMER STARTS OFF WITH THE BLAHS

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The summer season got off to an inauspicious start on Thursday as Fox’s summer powerhouse, So You Think You Can Dance, averaged 7.49 million viewers. While that was good enough to beat the competition, it was nevertheless down from 9.15 million for last year’s season opener. Meanwhile, NBC, trying to revive its Thursday-night comedy lineup, […]

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